Menton town is full of beautifully restored old buildings – none more so than the colourful buildings around the Place Ardoino and the Hotel de Ville (town hall).
The old town, le Vieux Menton, has an long, active pedestrian area (Rue St Michel ) with plentiful shops and terrace cafés. However, the real heart of the old town can be found at the top of the hill – the Medieval style buildings grouped around the Eglise St Michel and the Chapel de Pénitents Blancs. Viewed from the sea front at the east, this area has the appearance of a hilltop-perched village. It has narrow, long step-streets and many very colourful old buildings.
If you get tired of wandering the streets or general sightseeing, there are lots of things to do in Menton. Museums, gardens, frequent special events (such as the February Lemon Festival) and not to mention the seaside and beach activities. There’s also a rather grand casino in the center of Menton – perhaps not as grand as the one in Monaco, but we suspect money could be lost just as fast!